5 Ways to Joint Boards Without A Jointer | Woodworking Tip

5 Ways to Joint Boards Without A Jointer | Woodworking Tip

5 Ways to joint boards without a jointer, including jointing boards with a circular saw.
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No jointer? You can joint lumber using a variety of ways including tape, jointing sled, and even using a standard level. If you are having trouble getting straight edges on your boards, these methods will help. When milling rough lumber you will need to get a flat edge on your boards by jointing one side. Jointing allows you to put two boards tight together when making table tops. See if these jointing without a jointer methods can work for you. Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description and they help support this channel.

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0:00 Intro
0:29 Jointing Boards with a Level
3:24 Jointing Boards with Plywood
5:55 Making a DIY Jointing Jig
9:28 Skillshare
10:28 Using DIY Joint Jig
13:05 DIY Tapering Jig for Table Saw
15:10 Jointing Boards with Tape
16:06 Jointing Boards with a Circular Saw
18:05 Jointing with a Jointer vs No Jointer

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  1. Alex Frederick on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Kreg rip cut is a downgraded version of a track saw.

    You think I could use a tracksaw and just skip the jointer? I have a makita track plunge saw.

  2. Quinto Creations - Business Account on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Good info.
    But I also think if someone is advanced enough to even be in the realm of squaring joints, just buying a cheap Wen jointer for 200 bucks is far and away the best option. Wen has incredibly cheap woodworking tools and if you created some advanced metric statistical analysis in which you took quality, longevity, Etc and divided that into some percentage based on cost, you’d probably come out with a very efficient tool when it comes to Wen.
    For instance I have 2 track saws, Wen & Bosch. Obviously the Bosch blows away the Wen. Actually the Wen blows any of them away, and yes even you festoolboys. But I got the Wen on sale complete with track and everything for just over a hundred bucks. The bosch with everything was over 7. Sometimes the Wen is all I need.
    Basically, I like your tips. They’re great. Just pointing out the cheap option that’s actually not too shabby.

  3. 731 Woodworks on June 9, 2022 at 8:37 pm

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  4. Darryl One on June 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    You donโ€™t say in method 2 how deeply the blade is into the plywood. Width of the blade? Irving knife?

  5. Melissa Silver on June 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

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  7. Michael Mason - LYTOMIZE Woodshop on June 9, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I’ll build the tapering jig next week but I just tried the 4 foot level trick for the first time, ages after seeing this video for the first time. Worked like a charm!

  8. Alex Frederick on June 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Lol the level works because you’re giving the fence an extension. If the plank is bowed against the 16" of fence prior to the blade, it will just transfer the bow

  9. John Blaschak on June 9, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Canโ€™t mill up a face of the board

  10. Kirby Freeman on June 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    how do you like your wahuda jointer? maybe you could do a review on it.

  11. Beverly New on June 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Where can I find written plans for the Microjig jointer sled?

  12. Mike Larsen on June 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Way cool!! I need to get me a router first, and then I’d like to make that jig. First, I need to build me an outfeed table and a folding workbench for the wall. So many projects to do…..UGH ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. MrHf4l on June 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Let see you try to do this with a 6ft board.

  14. Blaize Wood on June 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    What a tool.

  15. james bachour on June 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    can two boards be joined just by placing them on top of a wide board (same size as the two being joined) and nailing or screwing the "backer thinner board (something like plywood)" to keep them together or does that fail if the boards contract and expand over time?

  16. walter davis on June 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    What was the setting of your fence with plywood in front of it.

  17. STAN MASHEK on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm


  18. Paw Jeppesen - Ifttt tricks on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    With the sledge you can also make a grouve ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Vegas Dice on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the video! This sled is going to be a game changer for small shops that don’t have a lot of room.

  20. My Deja Vu on June 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    What if my little old table saw wasn’t built with a riving knife? Is it safe???

  21. Bentley Manor on June 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    That level trick was the bomb! Thanks for saving me al lot of extra time with that little gem. Awesome videos!

  22. Kevin Schmitt on June 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I made a 4′ sled to ride along the fence with some harbor freight toggle clamps for cutting janky precut plywood and it worked like a dream! Would be nice to have a jointer though!

  23. Jagroy on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    i think that sled worked better than the actual jointer

  24. Hansang Bae on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Another way to be more accurate. Just flip one board. The slight angle difference in the blade will be cancelled out if you flip one board.

  25. Bonnie Buchanan on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

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  26. Chunky Bones on June 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Will the second method work for jointing the face of a board?

  27. MikeAG333 on June 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Because doing it the proper way, with a hand-plane, is far too much trouble, right?

  28. Sam on June 9, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    January 6th vibes in the workshop.

  29. John X on June 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    magic dust from your baby jeebus? FFS.

  30. RedShirt MGGA on June 9, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Matt, thank you for "Lesson #1", I’m sure it will be quite handy for me just getting started on making jigs like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

  31. Justin Fisher on June 9, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Why not just use double sided tape? For the joiner sled instead on milling out grooves and buying clamps.

  32. Michael Barnish on June 9, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    New yankee workshop has a router table build. I built one years ago using a radial arm saw and a router.

  33. Trevor Franks on June 9, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    super useful jig!

  34. Heseblesens on June 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    If you donโ€™t have double sided tape you can use hot glue. Works like a charm.

  35. Danny Schofield on June 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Really Nice Video. Enjoyed the humor. Just curious, you said that the level worked fine on shorter boards; not so well on longer boards. How is the jig on longer boards (10-12โ€™)?

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  37. Jim Templin on June 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    The only thing I would change for the vertical plywood against the fence method would be to make sure that your blade cuts into the plywood exactly the width of the blade. Then when you were hogging out the Space for the blade and arriving knife, run that all the way to the leading edge of the fence. That gives you enough offset so that you donโ€™t need to build up with the vinyl or whatever on the other end. It makes it more like a jointer table. Just my two cents. But what do I know, I donโ€™t even have a tablesaw.

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  39. Mr. James on June 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    This video made my week. Thanks!

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  41. Uncle Buck on June 9, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Will this still work with a job site table saw. I would love to find a contractor grade or a cabinet saw but low$$$ is an issue.

  42. SRCASTK on June 9, 2022 at 9:23 pm

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    You Do An Excellent Job At Explaining Sometimes Complicated Thingsโ€ฆ Thanks, Man

  43. Nick Lloyd-Jones on June 9, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Why don’t you just use a number 7 hand plane? It’s a lot easier.

  44. alrightythen on June 9, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    The reason the level trick works is not so much about sliding the level with the board. It’s really about giving the board a contanst point of contact. I usually clamp my 8ft level to the fence when doing this trick to do longer boards when I’m on the job site if I don’t have my track saw with me. I use my jointer or track saw in the shop.

    I really like the sled you made!

  45. Albert Gauche on June 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Itโ€™s faster for me to join boards using #7 bench plane. Less opportunities for kick back or other machine issues.

  46. TrumpetGuy83 on June 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    A well tuned Stanley #7 or #8 will work well too.

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  48. Connie on June 9, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I’m 59 yr old women I bought some plans from you ..awesome is the only word I can use ..made$ 500 on first item I made . I never made anything from wood before..ty

  49. CLove511 on June 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    For the jig, rather than adding something that is the thickness of your blade to the back, you can also keep lowering/raising all along the front.

    Downside is your jointer is the thickness of the kerf (โ…›") so hope you didn’t want it less aggressive, but the concept is the same.

  50. Peter V on June 9, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Just used the plywood jig (#2). Fantastic. Thanks for the tip.